Roy Richard Grinker is Professor of Anthropology, Human Sciences and International Affairs at the George Washington University. Grinker has published books and articles on topics such as the ethnic conflict in central Africa, the intellectual history of African Studies, and north-south Korean relations. He has conducted research in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Korea, Swaziland, South Africa, India, and the U.S.
Grinker was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1983 and received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 1989.
In 2005, he received a grant of $120,000 from
the National Alliance for Autism Research/Autism
Speaks, to conduct the first ever prevalence
study of autism in Korea. His co-PI is Young-Shin
Kim, M.D., Ph.D. of Yale University. Other
members of the team include: Yun-Joo Koh, Ph.D.
(site PI in Korea), Eric Fombonne, M.D. of
McGill University, Bennett Leventhal, M.D.
of the University of Illinois, and Dong-Ho
Song, M.D. of Yonsei University (Korea). Their
findings, based on a total population study
of approximately 35,000 children (ages 6-12),
will Their findings, based on a total population study of approximately
35,000 children (ages 7-12), were reported in 2011. Information on the
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